Some people like to live on a busier street, while others like to live on a quieter street. But what if you're not sure which you'd prefer? This is common when people first start looking at homes for sale. With some thought about your preferences, you can determine whether living on a busy street is right for you — before you buy the home! To get started, consider the following pros and cons of buying a home on a busy street.
Pro: Guests will have an easy time finding your home.
When you live on a quiet side street, guests can sometimes struggle to find your home. They might drive right past your tiny road or struggle to find it on a map. This is much less of an issue when you live on a busy street. The street will be on a map, your guests will have an easy time finding it, and they won't have to travel too far off the beaten path to do so.
Con: You'll hear the traffic.
On a busy street, you will almost always have the hum of traffic going by. Yes, you can minimize this noise inside your home with good insulation, well-sealed windows, and sound reduction curtains. But there's not much you can do about the noise when you're in your yard. This doesn't bother some people at all, but it does really bug others.
Pro: You'll be close to things to do.
When you live on a busy street, you're almost always near lots of things to do. There may be a restaurant or a park a few doors down. You'll have lots of neighbors, too, so will have an easier time getting to know them and organizing block parties. For those who are social butterflies, buying a home on a busier street can feel like the only good choice!
Con: You have to worry about more traffic dangers with kids and pets.
If you have kids or a dog, living on a busy street may be tough. You may worry about your children making their way into the street and getting hit by a car. There's the same concern with a dog. If the backyard is fenced in, this is less of an issue. And if you don't have kids or a dog, this really isn't a big concern.
Buying a home on a busy street is the right choice for some people, but not for everyone. Consider the pros and cons above as you make your decision. For more information about real estate for sale, contact a local real estate office.
Once you sign the sale contract with your listing agent, there's a good chance that things will start moving quickly. Your agent will want you to stage your home for the listing photos, open houses, and showings. If you've never experienced the staging process, you may not know exactly what to do or where to start. The information on this site will help you to not only understand what's expected of staging but also offer tips for you to maximize your efforts without investing a lot of time. I hope the information here makes your home sale process a little bit less confusing and a little easier to manage.